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Berkeley Co. helps struggling McDowell Co. town

January 4, 2014
Associated Press

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A struggling town in McDowell County has gotten help from another county about 300 miles away.

Berkeley County donated a surplus police cruiser to Gary after learning that the town's only cruiser had been vandalized.

Media outlets report that Berkeley County Sheriff Ken Lemaster presented the 2006 cruiser to Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney on Friday during a ceremony in Martinsburg.

McKinney says the cruiser will help his town's police department rebuild.

Gary officials had asked U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for help because the town can't afford to repair or replace the cruiser. Manchin's office then contacted Lemaster to see whether he had any available vehicles.

Berkeley County administrator Deborah Hammond says the County Council was happy to help another West Virginia community in need.



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